Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2-3 months rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary.


School Registration

School Fees

Schools do not typically require application fees.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When moving to the Switzerland you may want or need to establish residency. Requirements may include:

EU Citizen

• Town hall registration

Non-EU Citizen

• Obtain a work permit
• Visa approval
• Biometric Data Collection at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Town hall registration

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Copy of a valid passport
• Proof of residency or visa
• Origin country driver’s license (with translation, if applicable)
• Two colour passport-sized photos
• Certificate from a registered optician

Additional Notes

A Swiss driver’s license must be obtained within 12 months of arrival or at the earliest once a residency permit is in place.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid Passport
• Proof of residence (confirmation of registration)
• Work Contract

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day.